Photographer's Note

Exactly 60 years ago - a week before Christmas 1944 - Hitler started the last major offensive of the Second World War, The Battle of the Ardennes, also known as the Battle of the Bulge. The allies were almost in Germany and close to winning the war, when he Fuhrer ordered General Von Rundstedt to organise a counter-attack. The battle which covered the area we are living in lasted one month and cost many thousands of lives on both sides. This is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial where 5000 American soldiers are buried together with their commanding officer, General Patton, who was killed shortly after the war ended. These boys would have been grandfathers and great-grandfathers today. Europe still owes them.

This shot was taken this afternoon just before sunset, and at 4 p.m. it was very cold. The end of December 1944 was even colder, with biting frost and lots of snow - a freezing hell.

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